Blaire K. S. Koerner
upon request, Rochester NY, 14605
Instruments: Bassoon
Styles: Classical
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience: 11 years
Rate: $35 / hr
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Personal Statement
Blaire K.S. Koerner (BlaireBassoonist) is an ensemble bassoonist, teacher, entrepreneur, and a candidate for a Doctorate of Musial Arts at Eastman living and working in Rochester, NY.

At a time when classical music is being diminished from American childhood education and experience, Blaire strives to re-enforce music's importance and availability through a variety of efforts and collaborations including innovative performances, educational initiatives, and technologically-infused endeavors.

As a musician, Blaire performs in New York State with a variety of ensembles including Ensemble Signal, Project Bassoon Quartet, Society for Chamber Music Rochester, and Symphoria. In addition, Blaire has performed internationally in Austria, Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland with American Music Abroad and the contemporary soundSCAPE Festival.

A seasoned bassoon teacher, Blaire maintains a private studio for beginner to advanced students, teaches at Eastman Community Music School (ECSM), where she recently received the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching (2016), and teaches secondary lessons at Eastman School of Music (ESM).

An avid entrepreneur, Blaire assists in running chamber organizations in the Rochester area, is a Board Member of Pegasus Early Music, has received assistantships at festivals such as Spoleto USA, and works to develop internationally available online courses which focus on both theory and entrepreneurial studies.

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Education / Training

Eastman School of Music Rochester, NY
Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance and Literature - Bassoon Anticipated May 2018

Collegiate Teaching Certificate Anticipated May 2018

Master of Music, Performance and Literature - Bassoon, Summa Cum Laude 2015

Arts Leadership Certificate 2015

Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
Master of Science, Elementary Education, Summa Cum Laude December 2013

New York State Certified Elementary Educator, Grades 1-6, December, 2013

Bachelor of Science, Music Performance - Bassoon, Summa Cum Laude December, 2011

Departmental Honors with Distinction


Music Horizons - Summer @ Eastman Rochester, NY
Chamber Coach & Bassoon Instructor Summer, 2017

Music For All Rochester, NY
Chamber Coach 2017 - Present

Eastman Community Music School Rochester, NY
Bassoon Teacher 2015 - Present

University of Rochester Secondary Lessons Rochester, NY
Bassoon Teacher 2015 - Present

Teachers Assistant 2015 - Present

Luzerne Summer Classical Music Camp Saratoga, NY
Bassoon Instructor, Chamber Coach and Faculty Performer 2013 - 2014

Bassoon Instructor 2011 - Present


Project Bassoon Quartet Rochester, NY - Arranger and Outreach Manager 2015 - Present

NYSSMA All-State Conference Rochester, NY
Chaperone 2014

The Ra Cha Cha’s Wind Quintet and Park and Hark Carolers Rochester, NY, Co-Founder and Manager 2013 - 2015

Annual BASSOONATION Day Outreach – Glickman Bassoon Ensemble Hempstead, NY - Organizer and Volunteer Administrator 2012 - 2015


-Jack L.Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Eastman Community Music School 2016
-Eastman’s Entrepreneurial New Venture Challenge - Co-winner 2014
-ESM Department Assistant Award 2013 - 2017
-George MacNabb Scholarship 2013
-Graduate Elementary Education Scholarship Fall 2012
-Graduate Floating Fellowship Spring & Fall 2012
-Graduate Secondary Ed. Music Scholarship Spring 2012
-Graduate Secondary Ed. Wind Conducting Scholarship Spring 2012
-Hofstra University Music Department -- Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior 2009 - 2012
-Dorothy B. Hoag Award -- Honors Recital Spring & Fall 2011
-Cynthia E. Toddings, Unusual Musical Ability & Academic Excellence 2011
-Sabina Rapp Award -- Outstanding Initiative and Leadership 2011


- Eastman Case Studies, Institute for Music Leadership Rochester, NY, Co-author 2016 - Present

Published through Eastman Case Studies series which examines issues and challenges that face today’s musical leaders and places students in the role of consultant, charged with assessing business problems and making key decision in resolving them. Collaborate with a team to assess and select a variety of professional music organizations and individuals to profile and then individually research, interview, and develop the field-related case study.

1• Getting on Board National Sawdust, Vol. 2
2• Pegasus Early Music and Younger Audiences, Vol. 1


-Graduate Recital and Examination – Masters of Music Rochester, NY
-Uncommon and Under-appreciated Russian and Bohemian Compositions 2014
- Developed and researched a themed recital based on unfamiliar pieces composed with folk-song elements
- Performed a lecture recital, focusing on communicating historic content and themed recital approach
-Graduate Thesis – Masters, Elementary Education Hempstead, NY
Becoming Aware: A Student Teaching Self-Study and Analysis (Dr. Elena Jurasaite-Harbison, advisor) 2012
- Audio-recorded and transcribed personal lesson segments, focusing on teaching styles and techniques
- Self-evaluated findings using both quantitative and qualitative analysis
- Passed a committee-reviewed presentation
Undergraduate Recital and Thesis – Undergraduate, Music Performance Hempstead, NY
- A Critical Edition of Daniel Speer’s Two Sonatas for Two Bassoons and continuo (1687) and the History 2011
- History of the Bassoon from 1600 to 1750 (Dr. William E. Hettrick, advisor)
- Selected for an independent honors thesis to pursue historical and pedagogical overview of the bassoon.
- Presented finds in conjunction with senior recital Then and Now: Fagott Through Time
- Awarded Departmental Honors with Distinction
Technological and Social Media Skills and Experience
Microsoft Office (Mac/PC) Word Press Websites Adobe Photoshop Facebook Ads


George Sakakeeny, Professor of Bassoon
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Telephone: 440-935-3399

Ruth Cahn, Chair of Winds, Brass and Percussion
Eastman Community Music School
Telephone: 585-624-9169

Mr. James Doser, Director of Institute for Music Leadership
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
26 Gibbs Street
Telephone: 585-703-9323
D.M.A. Recital It’s Silk Feel It, Alec Wilder, Eastman School of Music, 2017
Serenata for three bassoons, Isaac Albeniz, 2016
Masters Recital of Incommon & Under-appreciated Bassoon Compositions
Dvorak Wind Serenade by Sunset Concerts in a pop up concert, June 15, 2017


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